Dr Po-Wah So MRSC, PhD
Reader in Biomedical Imaging and Spectroscopy
My research is focussed on the role of metals, especially iron, on brain ageing and neurodegenerative diseases, as well as interactions with inflammation and/or peripheral metabolic dysfunction, such as in obesity and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. My Phenomics Lab develop and employ magnetic resonance imaging and spectroscopy (MRI, MRS) and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR)-based metabolomics, and metallomics/elementomics mapping and spectroscopy; alongside other biological/molecular techniques and behaviour to characterise phenomes of human disease and experimental models. I am an editor and contributing author of the Biological Section of ‘Modern Magnetic Resonance’ (2016; 2nd edition, Springer); and contributing author in ‘Essential Bioimaging methods’ (2009, Academic Press). I am also Departmental Admissions Tutor, Leader of the module on Neurodegenerative Disorders & Mechanisms in BSc Psychology and was module leader for ‘Practical Neuroimaging’ in the Departmental MSc.
Please see my Research Staff Profile for more detail.
- Ashraf et al., 2020. Iron dyshomeostasis, lipid peroxidation and perturbed expression of cystine/glutamate antiporter in Alzheimer's disease: Evidence of ferroptosis. Redox Biology.
- Ashraf et al., 2020. Regional distributions of iron, copper and zinc and their relationships with glia in a normal ageing mouse model. Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience.
- Ashraf et al., 2018. The ageing of iron man. Frontiers of Ageing Neuroscience.
- Ashraf et al., 2018. Pattern of altered plasma elemental phosphorous, calcium, selenium, iron and zinc in Alzheimer’s Disease. Scientific Reports.
- Gardner et al., 2018 Developing and Standardising a Protocol for Quantitative Proton Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (H-NMR) Spectroscopy of Saliva. Journal of Proteome Research.
- Dr Guy Carpenter, King's College London
- Prof Jimmy Bell, University of Westminster
- Professor Dag Aarsland, King's College London
- Dr Maria Deprez, King's College London